Three Idaho State University faculty were honored as distinguished faculty at the school’s commencement May 9 in Holt Arena.
Distinguished Teacher Barbara Frank is an associate lecturer and advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She was instrumental in bringing a BS in biology, with a biomedical sciences emphasis, to the ISU Idaho Falls campus. Her dedication has enabled a large proportion of her students to be admitted to medical, dental, pharmacy and other health-related programs.
Distinguished Service Honoree Cal Edwards is the law enforcement coordinator and an instructor in the College of Technology. He has served as ISU’s interim director of Public Safety since January. Edwards has been the police chief of Inkom for 15 years.
Distinguished Researcher Colden Baxter is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Research conducted by Baxter and his lab group at ISU’s Stream Ecology Center focuses on rivers and streams, but more generally on the ecological linkages between water and land. The center’s research has shown how shifting fire regimes associated with changing climate are affecting Idaho’s stream-riparian ecosystems. Most recently, the scope of the research has been expanded to study watersheds as social-ecological systems.